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de·fame

 (dĭ-fām′)
tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames
1. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
2. Archaic To disgrace.

[Middle English defamen, from Old French defamer, from Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, alteration of Latin diffāmāre, to spread news of, slander : dis-, abroad, apart; see dis- + fāma, rumor, reputation; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fam′er n.

defame

(dɪˈfeɪm)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) to attack the good name or reputation of; slander; libel
2. (Law) archaic to indict or accuse
[C14: from Old French defamer, from Latin dēfāmāre, from diffāmāre to spread by unfavourable report, from fāma fame]
deˈfamer n

de•fame

(dɪˈfeɪm)

v.t. -famed, -fam•ing.
1. to attack the good name or reputation of; slander or libel.
2. Archaic. to disgrace.
[1275–1325; < Medieval Latin dēfāmāre, derivative of Latin diffāmāre to spread the news of, slander]
de•fam′er, n.

defame


Past participle: defamed
Gerund: defaming

Imperative
defame
defame
Present
I defame
you defame
he/she/it defames
we defame
you defame
they defame
Preterite
I defamed
you defamed
he/she/it defamed
we defamed
you defamed
they defamed
Present Continuous
I am defaming
you are defaming
he/she/it is defaming
we are defaming
you are defaming
they are defaming
Present Perfect
I have defamed
you have defamed
he/she/it has defamed
we have defamed
you have defamed
they have defamed
Past Continuous
I was defaming
you were defaming
he/she/it was defaming
we were defaming
you were defaming
they were defaming
Past Perfect
I had defamed
you had defamed
he/she/it had defamed
we had defamed
you had defamed
they had defamed
Future
I will defame
you will defame
he/she/it will defame
we will defame
you will defame
they will defame
Future Perfect
I will have defamed
you will have defamed
he/she/it will have defamed
we will have defamed
you will have defamed
they will have defamed
Future Continuous
I will be defaming
you will be defaming
he/she/it will be defaming
we will be defaming
you will be defaming
they will be defaming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defaming
you have been defaming
he/she/it has been defaming
we have been defaming
you have been defaming
they have been defaming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defaming
you will have been defaming
he/she/it will have been defaming
we will have been defaming
you will have been defaming
they will have been defaming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defaming
you had been defaming
he/she/it had been defaming
we had been defaming
you had been defaming
they had been defaming
Conditional
I would defame
you would defame
he/she/it would defame
we would defame
you would defame
they would defame
Past Conditional
I would have defamed
you would have defamed
he/she/it would have defamed
we would have defamed
you would have defamed
they would have defamed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defame - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"

defame

verb slander, smear, libel, discredit, knock (informal), rubbish (informal), disgrace, blacken, slag (off) (slang), detract, malign, denigrate, disparage, vilify, dishonour, stigmatize, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), besmirch, traduce, cast aspersions on, speak evil of, cast a slur on, calumniate, vituperate, asperse He complained that the article defamed him.

defame

verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
Translations

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] VTdifamar, calumniar

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] vt (= slander) [+ person] → diffamer

defame

defame

[dɪˈfeɪm] vt (frm) → diffamare
References in classic literature ?
He was likewise well apprized of the loquacity of this lady; and yet such was his gratitude, that it had almost got the better both of discretion and shame, and made him publish that which would have defamed his own character, rather than omit any circumstances which might do the fullest honour to his benefactor.
'Being reviled we bless; being persecuted we suffer it; being defamed we entreat; we are made as the filth of the world, and as the offscouring of all things unto this day.' Those ancient and noble words to the Corinthians are strictly true at this present hour."
Rebecca, the daughter of Isaac of York, is, by many frequent and suspicious circumstances, defamed of sorcery practised on the person of a noble knight of our holy Order, and hath challenged the combat in proof of her innocence.
"Issus, you see, has not struck me dead, nor is she rescuing her faithful Xodar from the clutches of the unbeliever who defamed her fair beauty.
He claimed that earlier the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Imran Khan had defamed China and Turkey.
Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Madhi, who is himself a religious figure, was referred to the Public Prosecution following a sermon he delivered during a religious statement in which he defamed the Caliphs of the early years of Islam known as 'The Rashidun'.
And that is how Foerster, who might otherwise have been championed as a Japanese Oskar Schindler, was instead defamed and largely forgotten, his deeds remaining buried for decades beneath layers of deception.
'Either the NAB Chairman is lying or the interviewer but in both cases, politicians are being defamed.'
According to a complaint filed with FIA sub-inspector Naheed Bilal, Irfan Ali Shah defamed the victim through messages and sending her pictures to her relatives through Facebook IDs.
held two seminars in 2009, entitled 'Basic Information on Islam' in which she defamed the Holy Prophet.
On March 22, a Nabatieh resident filed a complaint to the ISF's Anti-Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Rights Bureau, saying his daughter, a minor, was being impersonated and defamed on social media.